Through the years we’ve worked on just about every ATV or Side x Side ever built. In that time we’ve also collected quite a few tools, but there are a few that we use all the time. If you’re planning on doing much riding you can expect to use a few tools also, and we’ve put together our list of the “dirty dozen” tools we recommend you include in your tool box. Own these and you can do just about any job in the off-road world.
Even the most familiar trail looks completely different at night. With deep shadows, dark corners and obstacles you now see only at the last moment it’s almost like exploring an all-new area. As much as we appreciate the last second thrills however, we’ve always been the type that likes to see anything headed our way long before it meets the front bumper, and nothing helps light up the trail better than a good set of lights.
We ride many different types of trails, from open two-track, to dunes, to tight northern forest, and that means our machines must be prepared for anything. Like most riders we like to keep our ATVs and Side x Sides looking as good as possible and a big part of that is proper protection.
Camping is part of many people’s trail and travel plans and we’ve decided to list some of the basics needed for a riding and camping adventure. We always go for gear that is durable, compact, and easy to pack on an ATV or Side x Side. Here are our favorites:
We Install a Set of Walker Evans Shocks on our RZR 800
SXS vehicles are like dandelions… new models are popping up all over the place. Almost every major manufacturer now has at least one model on the market, each with its own design, style, features, and level of performance. But even bigger than the explosion of SXS vehicles into the off-road market is the explosion of OEM and aftermarket performance parts and accessories. From the off-road parks to the trails or the sand dunes, it’s hard to find a SXS out there that hasn’t been modified in some way.
One of the most popular vehicles ever for customization is the modern Side x Side. Not since the 60’s have people so willingly applied parts and paint to their vehicle, creating machines that reflect their personal taste while increasing functionality, and in some cases ending up with rolling works of modern art. Visit any dune riding area and you’ll quickly see what we mean. It won’t take you long to find an owner who has given their vehicle a name, and to him - or often her - it’s more than a simple sand toy; it’s part of who they are.
The one injury athletes in every sport fear is devastating damage to the spine. However remote the possibility, it’s always there and for the unfortunate few who suffer such an injury, it’s almost always a life changing event. Thankfully, new materials, better methods, and advanced medical research have aided the recovery for some, but nothing beats doing all you can to avoid the injury in the first place.
Visit any ride area and you will find women, lots of women, out enjoying riding just as much as the guys. Ask any fun-loving girl if she wants to go riding and the result will almost always be an enthusiastic, “yes!” For the most part, riding an ATV or Side x Side is a pretty gender neutral sport and women can ride anything the guys can, often times even better, but there is one area where they have sadly been left behind. Women have been largely overlooked by the companies that make riding gear and mostly end up wearing gear made for guys.
Testing American Manufacturing's Generation II Eagle Plow
One of the best-selling accessories for ATV and Side x Sides is an aftermarket plow. With their maneuverability, 4wd, and ability to work in tight quarters, an ATV or UTV with a plow can get into places a tractor or truck mounted plow can’t reach, and they’re much more cost effective. If you already own an ATV or Side x Side, it’s a no-brainer to turn it into a winter work tool as well.